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MORE than £800,000 worth of grants to help disabled children and young people get out and about have been awarded by Derbyshire County Council.

Fourteen projects have been chosen to improve leisure, sports and play facilities.

They should help disabled children and families visit tourist sites or better enjoy play areas and beauty spots.

The scheme - Aiming High for Disabled Children - has helped in lots of ways before, funding short breaks and activities where children have fun and carers get a well-earned break.

The new projects chosen include work to provide a play space at Creswell Crags to make it easier for disabled children to enjoy the top visitor attraction.

The space will incorporate sensory equipment that will mimic animal noises, the light of cave fires and the smells of bygone days at the Ice Age site.

There will be a new play space near the pavilion at Holme Brook Valley Park in Newbold, Chesterfield, for children up to the age of seven and their families.

Equipment will be chosen that means a disabled child can be helped to use it by a companion – such as wider slides, bigger platforms on climbing structures and roundabouts that are more accessible.

At the Bluebank Pools Local Nature Reserve on the Chesterfield Canal at Brimington, new wheelchair-accessible picnic tables and information panels will be installed to explain all about the site.

And five new electric scooters will help disabled people enjoy the countryside at sites all over the county.

The 4x4 machines known as ‘trampers’ should be delivered by the end of January, bringing the number available up to 10.